Sterling Coffee Roasters

Coffee Shop and Bakery$$$$
Northwest District, Portland
  • Has a stamp of approval from Food & Wine and Serious Eats
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  • David L.
    "Best coffee in Portland, hands down."(2 Tips)
    Karla S.
    "Excellent espresso drinks and excellent service"(13 Tips)
    Mo K.
    "cosy cafe for a few minutes?"(5 Tips)
    Krista B.
    "Sterling has it all -- macaroon, Americano and bow ties."(3 Tips)
39 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso
  • good service
  • macaroons
  • cozy
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  • Krista B.
    Krista BerlincourtMarch 31, 2013
    The best shop in Portland. Great ambiance, music and staff. Sasha and Anne know everyone by name, dress to kill and are all around lovely. Sterling has it all -- macaroon, Americano and bow ties.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • James T.
    James ThomasMay 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The most delicate macaroons in Portland. No sweet jelly, no gooeyness, just dissolve on your palate yummy. Oh, and the espresso is always heavenly.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Burk J.
    Burk JacksonJune 12, 2013
    This is the perfect neighborhood coffee shop! Beautiful space, delicious coffee, mellow music and well groomed baristas (no beards or "ironic" t-shirts here).
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Randall S.
    Randall ShirleyAugust 12, 2012
    This place serves amazing coffee and just a few pastries., Used to be around corner next to Trader Joe's. At night space becomes M Bar.
  • Brennan N.
    Brennan NovakJune 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Apparently the cacao in the dark chocolate mocha used to come from Venezuela, but due to some war or something, they had to get it from Bolivia instead. It is still delicious!
  • Ian M.
    Ian MulliganJuly 29, 2014
    One of the best cups of coffee I have ever had, a delicious vanilla latte.
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KagiAugust 6, 2014
    The coffee is good. The baristas are knowledgable... but that said, the place just feels like it's trying too hard to cater to the hipster crowd. But, to each his own...
  • Megan B.
    Megan BlankenshipJanuary 3, 2013
    One of my favorite coffee places in Portland. By far. Follow their Instagram for cute "mugs."
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great coffee from friendly people. Little cramped if you're trying to hang out tho
  • Riley P.
    Riley PittengerSeptember 29, 2014
    Fuck to the yes, after paying six bucks for an Americano all over this city, I have found the spot for for my caffeinated fetish. They won't hold you after, but sometimes you just need it hot and fast
  • Hyonam N.
    Hyonam NaSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Either the iced coffee or Americano with their special vanilla syrup and soy are my gotos
  • Ken T.
    Ken ThornFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    After living here 10 years, I can say, this is the best coffee in Portland.
  • Katy Y.
    Katy YenOctober 5, 2011
    Best espresso I've tried in Portland. Get the espresso flight!
  • Mo K.
    Mo KleinJanuary 11, 2014
    Who can resist the beautiful fresh flowers and a chance to sit in the cosy cafe for a few minutes?
  • Amy K.
    Amy KettenburgSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Caramel latte. Caramel comes from Two Tarts Bakery a few blocks away. Incredible!
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JillSeptember 13, 2014
    Best coffee I had in PDX! Strong, smoky and hot.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 12, 2015
    Really the best roasted coffee I've ever had. I dream of Sterling!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 22, 2011
    The dapper baristas manning this coffee stand roast beans in one-pound batches 10 hours each day.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SnyderAugust 22, 2014
    Take home a bag of their excellent single origin beans.
  • Karla S.
    Karla SosaJuly 11
    Excellent espresso drinks and excellent service
  • Matt L.
    Matt LanningOctober 24, 2013
    Great espresso. Cool little space.
  • Zeke
    ZekeAugust 26, 2016
    iced coffee was so good I came back for another one an hour later
  • Brennan N.
    Brennan NovakJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If a tall dark bearded guy named Adam is working, tell him to "Keep his specs on!"
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJune 12, 2014
    Possibly the best mocha I've ever had.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly McCarthySeptember 6, 2015
    favorite way to instantly transport to a more elegant life for a moment
  • Jerod T.
    Jerod TAugust 11, 2013
    The purple macaroon is very tasty
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 10, 2013
    Get the espresso flight.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 11, 2013
    Micro-cafe outlet of micro-roaster with a high-class feel.
  • David L.
    David LeonardJanuary 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best coffee in Portland, hands down.
  • James L.
    James LindquistAugust 21, 2013
    A quaint little place with really good coffee!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 10, 2013
    Weekdays, 7am-4pm. Weekends 8am-4pm.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SchneiderJuly 4, 2010
    They're passionate! Go ahead ask them something nerdy about coffee! Read more
  • colazionearoma
    colazionearomaOctober 16, 2014
    try the caramel latte.
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PhillipiMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a little buddy and drink it black.
  • Dwight A.
    Dwight AdkinsAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The best coffee and baristas in Portland!
  • Steve K.
    Steve KNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy Americano!
  • Sue V.
    Sue ViensJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously, the most amazing espresso!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CampbellAugust 23, 2014
    Ooh baby that latte.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yikes! $3 for an Americano. Bummer. Won't be back at that price. That's insane!
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